I finally got a chance to practice hand-cutting dovetails. This is the first time I’ve made a cut with my new Japanese dovetail saw and use my new bench too.
I started out with a couple scrap pieces of pine:
I drew the tails:
First cut… didn’t follow the line so well. It will take some getting used to.
Here are all the cuts. Some are pretty good and some are pretty far off the line.
This photo is AWESOME. Because as you can see, I did a beautiful job at chopping away my tails (instead of the waste). Notice the X’s that should not be intact…
Ok, take TWO…
Not even close:
A lot better:
Chop, Chop, Chop:
Not bad for 2nd try:
Cutting the pins went well. It is easier to saw straight down vertically then at an angle like the tails. Here are the pins being chopped:
It did take a little chisel work to get them to fit but not too much.
And here it is (first completed hand-cut dovetails)
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